NBA Finals Game 2 : Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and Golden … which you can watch on ABC or live stream it via Watch ESPN..
Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors
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Date: Monday, June 10
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Location: Scotiabank Arena — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
TV channel: ABC
Live stats: GameTracker
Odds: Raptors -3 (Over/Under 212.5)
NBA Finals Game 2
The Warriors have won three titles in the past four years, two in a row and have made five consecutive Finals, so while the U.S. media weren’t taking the Raptors lightly, it still surprised many to see them come away with such a clean win over one of the greatest teams of all time.
The remarkable victory has prompted a flurry of hot takes, breakdowns and stories on what’s gone right for the Raptors, and what hasn’t for the Warriors.
The Ringer — Fred VanVleet Is Now a Playoff God
VanVleet is shooting like Steph Curry and frustrating him with his defence, writes The Ringer’s Rodger Sherman.
After shooting the lights out in Games 4, 5, and 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Raptors backup point guard had 15 points on eight shots in Game 1 against the Warriors.
The Toronto Raptors will look to continue their historic run and take a two-game lead over the defending champions Golden State Warriors when they face off Sunday night in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
The Raptors took Game 1 Thursday night 118-109, led by a dominant 32-point playoff career-high performance from Pascal Siakam taking on one of the game’s most elite defencement in Draymond Green.
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“I think that was kind of like the first time during the playoffs where we kind of got out in transition a lot. I was just running and it just felt good. But I don’t know, I think just taking whatever the defence gives me and whatever is there for me,” Siakam told reporters Friday.
Matchups and schemes change from one series to the next, so understanding what your opponent is trying to do plays as big a part in a series opener as any.
For the Golden State Warriors, it’s certainly understandable why this particular finals matchup offers even more unfamiliarity than usual. For the first time in five years, they go up against an opponent not named the Cleveland Cavaliers or LeBron James. It is also the first time over that span that they are opening the final showdown on the road. In another change of pace compared to their last two trips, they are also without the services of Kevin Durant.
Head coach Steve Kerr spoke of the value Game 1’s film would offer, after their two regular season meetings in which Steph Curry and Draymond Green didn’t dress for the game in Toronto while Kawhi Leonard returned the favour in Golden State. Andre Iguodala said that the team needed to show “appropriate fear,” while Klay Thompson, well, Klay remains as unfazed as ever.